FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kevin Hamilton
(CHARLESTOWN, NH, September 24, 2009)---The Student Conservation Association (SCA), the nation's leading provider of conservation service opportunities for youth, has received The Corporate Fund Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. The award, given in honor of Walter J. Dunfey, was issued at a September 18th ceremony in Concord, NH.
"The SCA is grateful for this prestigious recognition and proud to be a part of the New Hampshire nonprofit community," says SCA President Dale Penny. "As we nationally pursue our mission of building new generations of conservation leaders, it is especially rewarding to be acknowledged by and among our home state peers."
"The Corporate Fund Award symbolizes the peak of nonprofit standards. The SCA is honored to receive this citation and stand with the other winners and nominees," adds SCA Board Chair Jane Goedecke.
For more than one-quarter century, The Corporate Fund has presented the annual award to organizations demonstrating exemplary nonprofit management practices. In addition to the SCA, other 2009 award winners were Granite State Independent Living of Concord and Partnership for Successful Living (a/k/a Harbor Homes) of Nashua.
"The 2009 Dunfey Award recipients represent the very best in a rich pool of healthy, vibrant organizations that are meeting critical community needs in the Granite State every day," says Byron Champlin, assistant vice president and program officer with Lincoln Financial Group and chair of The Corporate Fund panel.
The Corporate Fund is an initiative of 11 New Hampshire corporations in partnership with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. Since 1983, The Corporate Fund has provided more than $3.5 million in grants, training and technical assistance to improve the stability and effectiveness of New Hampshire nonprofit organizations. Current members of The Corporate Fund are: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Bank of America, Citizens Bank, FairPoint Communications, Fidelity Investments, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Inc., Lincoln Financial Group, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Northeast Delta Dental, Public Service of New Hampshire, and TD Banknorth.
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation serves communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine, and eastern Vermont. The Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families, and corporations, and awarded more than $34 million in grants and scholarships in 2008. The Charitable Foundation is non-partisan, frequently playing the role of convener and catalyst on a broad spectrum of issues. Based in Concord, the Charitable Foundation roots itself in the communities through seven regional advisory boards. More information is available at www.nhcf.org .
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the only national conservation force of college and high school-aged members who protect and restore America's parks, forests, refuges, seashores and urban communities in all 50 states. Since 1957, the SCA's hands-on practice of conservation service has helped to develop a new generation of conservation leaders, inspire lifelong stewardship, and save the planet. The SCA is a non-profit headquartered in Charlestown, New Hampshire. For more, goto www.thesca.org